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Sports

Game Time

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Game time is back for a 14th season of collegiate-level league basketball, and it’s a chance to see to current Hawkeye women as well as the newcomers.
Melissa Dixon was the second pick overall (behind Samantha Logic) and is ready for her senior season.
“It goes really fast and everyone said it would,” said Melissa, who is fifth all-time in program history with 210 career 3-pointers. “I’m excited and it should be a really fun year.”

No. 2 Solon picks up first loss

Lady Spartans run gauntlet of ranked foes

SOLON– In the span of a single week, Solon’s varsity softball team took on five separate ranked opponents.
And out of the eight games the Lady Spartans played, only one team was able to put a blemish on Solon’s perfect record.
Fort Dodge (ranked No. 4 in 4A) defeated Solon 6-5 in a five-inning game Saturday, June 21, in Fort Dodge to provide the first loss of the season for the Lady Spartans.
But by then, Solon had already taken down the second- and seventh-ranked teams in Class 5A– West Des Moines Dowling and Ankeny– as well as unranked Emmetsburg.

Clippers fall to Williamsburg, split with Sabers

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TIFFIN — Clear Creek Amana (CCA)’s varsity baseball team improved to 10-7 overall and 7-7 in the WaMaC in the wake of doubleheaders against Williamsburg and Central Clinton-DeWitt. The Clippers dropped a pair Monday, June 16, to the Raiders and split with the Sabers Saturday on June 21.

CCA vs. Williamsburg
Lightning delays plagued the night as the Raiders took the opener 4-3 in eight innings and made the sweep with a 5-2 nightcap win.

Varsity, reserves have their way with Regals

IOWA CITY– The West High varsity reserve team shelled Iowa City Regina 14-2 Tuesday, June 17, setting the stage for a 4-1 varsity win at Regina.
In the reserves’ game, the Regals put two across home plate in the bottom of the first for a 2-0 lead. The game stagnated until the top of the sixth when the Trojans’ bats came to life with a 14-run barrage, led-off by Shane Sturtz’ two-RBI double. Spencer Shelton, John Collentine, Nick Spiess, Jacob Verry and Mitch Boxwell all drove in runs during the onslaught.

CCA trap team finishes season at state competitions

TIFFIN– The CCA High School trap team participated in the Iowa High School State Trap Shooting Championship and the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) trap championship events on May 30 and 31. To compete at the state event, shooters must participate in an invitational league and shoot at least four events to qualify.

Friday, May 30, state championship:

Flashback to 1980 . . . part 2

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a story about 1980, Hayden Fry’s second season as football coach at the University of Iowa.
I was still living in Moville, Iowa, the place I grew up. I would be moving to North Liberty in December after Christmas.
Ronald Reagan was to become the 40th president of the United States and home computers were just getting started. A gallon of gas went for $1.19 and you could buy a stamp for 15 cents.

Women of Troy again denied a championship

DES MOINES– They stood in a circle, arms around each other, on the sideline for one last time. The trophy they’d just been presented sat alone behind them, an uninvited tag-along. It wasn’t what they came to Des Moines and the Cownie Soccer Park for.
It said, “2014 Soccer State Participant.”
They wanted to bring home one that instead said “2014 Soccer State Champion.”

Trojans make high school soccer history

West picks up third-straight soccer title with 1-0 win over Johnston

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DES MOINES– The Iowa City West High Trojans made history Tuesday, June 10, when they became the first team to win three Class 3A state soccer championships in a row.
West High defeated Johnston 1-0 at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines in the final round after having knocked off Valley, West Des Moines 2-0 in the quarterfinal round on Thursday, June 5, and taking down the Warriors of Cedar Rapids Washington in the semifinals on Friday, June 6, 1-0 in the second overtime period.

Clippers baseball breaks even

Team goes 3-3 in a week on the road

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TIFFIN– Brent Henry’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity baseball team put some miles on the bus with a week of road games in Center Point, Manchester and Mount Vernon. The Clippers broke even with three wins and three losses in the trio of doubleheaders.

CCA vs. Center Point-
Urbana
The week started Monday, June 9, with a visit to the Stormin’ Pointers. The Clippers took both ends of the night with 8-6 and 14-6 wins. In game one, 10 innings were needed to settle the score. A 10th-inning two-run double by Cody Wagner sealed the win for CCA.

Old Capitol Chorus brings home first place

DAVENPORT– The Old Capitol Chorus of Iowa City won the Central States District Small Chorus Contest held in Davenport on April 26. They competed against barbershop choruses from their five-state region including Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and South Dakota. This is the chorus’s first district win since 1996 and the first win for the chorus under Director Chad Knipfer.

Baseball Spartans win sixth in a row

Solon sweeps Independence and Center Point-Urbana

SOLON– Make it six in a row for the Solon varsity baseball team.
The Spartans swept home doubleheaders against Independence and Center Point-Urbana last week to move above .500 for the season.
Solon started the year 0-3 with losses to Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Maquoketa, but since then the team has been steadily improving, offensively and defensively.

Solon girls make first-ever tourney appearance

Lady Spartans fall to Regals

DES MOINES– How many times can a teenager say they made history?
For the Solon girls’ soccer team, that’s a resounding “Yes, we can!”
The Lady Spartans traveled to Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines last Thursday for their first-ever appearance at the state tournament, paired up in the first round with Iowa City Regina in the Class 1A bracket.
The two teams had met just weeks earlier at Iowa City, where the Regals prevailed, 2-1.
Unfortunately for Solon fans, the rematch at state ended the same way, with Regina taking a 4-1 win over the Lady Spartans.